i hate my dining room.

it is the one room i can never decide on a direction for.

i have been trying to come up with a plan based on it's many purposes.

which makes it triply hard.

because it serves 3 purposes, duh.

purpose #1...we eat dinner in there every night.

purpose #2...it's where mike works from when he's home.

purpose #3....it's where i paint.


i want to paint the walls something awesome.

they are a dull gray white right now.

silver satin by BM to be exact.

there is a table and chairs and a bench.

a lantern that i don't love but i don't hate.

a giant hideous beast of a tv cabinet that holds our uglies.

including a stereo and speakers.

(does anyone even use a stereo anymore?)

a mid century bar cart that i want to sell.

blah blah..who cares.


the problem i have is deciding on paint..

bc all the main rooms in our house just open into one another..

living room, keeping room, dining room.

the living room is either going to be F&B pink ground or white white.

the keeping room is a perfect mid gray.

and the dining room?




another problem i have is wall space.  there isn't much.

big french doors into the room, a door to the kitchen on one wall..

and windows on the other 2.


here's what i DO know...


i like all of these dining rooms:


in many ways this room reminds me a lot of my own dining room.

same size.

and i want something similar to that cabinet to store shit in.

like mah cookbooks and pretty dishes.


but more like this:


and believe me i have searched on craig forever and if anything even remotely like this comes up it is twenty forty hundred thousand.


there is just something so awesome about a dining room/library/office.

practical and beautiful.

plus nothing sets my shit on fire like the mix of an old table and modern chairs...


with a big rug underneath.






the opposite of sex but it is so modern in it's simplicity it's kind of perfect.

plus i have 2 black sea fans that i could somehow mount to the wall and that idea is a good one.



this room is spacious and girly.

i enjoy it.

i also want to bring in a vintage metal cart for bar purposes.

or paint purposes.



so not happening.

but it's beautiful none the less.


i might have a de gournay ish secret up my sleeve for furture sharing.



so..we are back to the beginning.

which is nowhere.


thanks for nothing blog post.





this dining room please...

this is loosely based on my own dining room.

a mixture of things i want mixed with what i already have or have that are similar.

for our purposes the dining room is both homework city and eatingtown.

the paint color is what i currently have: benjamin moore silver satin.  it is actually more white than gray.

the table is similar to mine.

the settee is similar to mine.

i want to replace the current mission style chairs with black panton chairs (matte not shiny).

i possess the kari herer photography.

would sell babies for the ochre arctic pear chandelier.

simple black shaded sconces look fab (but i could have gone with 50 others to equal satisfaction).

pale silver/stone/white linen panels please.

a natural fiber rug to hide spills and for easy cleaning and/or relatively inexpensive replacing.

plus i love them and they keep everything from looking too serious.

fantasy item:

silver leafed cabinet.

and finally simple wooden ballaster lamps.

though i could have gone about 5 different ways with lamps.

these just blended nicely and weren't too trendy looking.

and one semi beat up leather chair for cats and kid to cuddle with books.

*there is a weird rippling textured effect that is not part of the presentation, ignore it (dan).

when the labor of love becomes a labor of evil hate and murder thoughts.

at least that's what's happening in my head as i scrape and make a crime scene of paint brains on my porch in an attempt to make this goddamn settee more pretty...

i applied paint stripper in the form of citristrip.

scraped with my trusty scrapers (i have 4 of varying shapes and sizes).

noticed that someone had decoupaged the shit out of it at some point.

not pretty.

applied another glopping of citristrip.


realized that my mess wasn't just paint scraps that i could sweep off but full on paint that was essentially glued to my porch..

i had to pack it in for the day but tomorrow i intend to slop on another coat of pink goo and scrape some more..

it is looking promising..

although i still have this to contend with...

assnooks and fartcrannies.

as soon as i get the old paint off (80 hundred shit years from now) i think i am going to do some kind of stain.

i think.

unless i love the wood.

in which case i am just going to wax it and cover it in gray linen.

to me this is safe.

i know.

and maybe sad and boring to some of you.

and a part of me really wants to gold leaf it and cover it in lavender velvet.


i know without a shadow of a doubt that there is no place in my house for a gold leafed lavender velveted settee.


so cheap linen for now.

more shenanigans tomorrow.

love and light danielle.